Steamboat Today, March 23, 2015 – Routt to Work initiative will use new strategies to help families

“Rather than the 17-session, 10-week class offered in the past, Routt to Work will be implemented in an enhanced three phases — Talk it Up, where community partners come together in support of helping families in need; Step it Up, where 10 to 12 individuals or families participate in a six-week class; and Move it Up, where participants implement the strategies they’ve learned to improve their own lives.

Organizers will work with health and human services agencies to identify families and individuals ready to play an active role in improving their lives economically, professionally or personally in a variety of ways.”

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Colorado Public Radio, Nov. 1, 2015 – ‘Radical’ New Anti-Poverty Programs Let The Poor Set Their Own Goals

“Routt to Work turns the familiar formula of social services on its head… participants in Routt to Work set their own goals, which may or may not be directly related to their economic situation. They’ll spend a year working with mentors to help them identify resources and navigate systems, while meeting frequently with the group for moral support and encouragement.”

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Steamboat Today, May 30, 2016 – Routt to Work program seeks volunteer coaches

“Participants first spend seven weeks in a “Step It Up” phase where they learn and practice goal achievement as they prepare for a 10-month “Move It Up” phase during which time substantial goals are set for the participants to work toward.

Kohler said participants are gearing up to begin the Move It Up phase, and Routt to Work leaders are still seeking three to five more male coaches and two to four female coaches to help work with the participants.

Coaches will volunteer to support participants in their goal work and help connect them to local resources, as well as participating with the individuals in monthly classes.”

Steamboat Today, March 6, 2017- Routt to Work program building momentum with Friday presentation

“A program that helps struggling Routt County residents achieve personal goals is gearing up to work with a new group of people and encouraging community members to get involved.

Routt to Work will spend the next month accepting referrals for people to join the program, which annually works with a handful of individuals or families living at or below the poverty level and struggling to become self-sufficient in some aspect of their lives..

But first, Routt to Work will build momentum with a public “Talk it Up” presentation Friday morning at Colorado Mountain College. Guest speaker Mark Kling will explain the two-generational approach and past Routt to Work participants will participate in a panel discussion.”

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